Sterling’s hazard evaluation group was established over 30 years ago at our UK site and is an integral part of our new product introduction process.

The department has become well known and highly respected throughout the industry. A talented team, including PhDs in hazard evaluation and over 50 years of combined industry experience, work from well-equipped process safety labs with modern test facilities.

Hazardous chemistry is an extremely specialised area that requires integrated hazard evaluation, engineering, chemistry and analytical expertise – we deliver this on all fronts.

By putting in place a robust hazard evaluation and process design approach we mitigate risk at every stage of the process for our customers, ensuring the safety and control of their hazardous chemistries and underpinning the success of their product development programmes.

In addition to our world-class hazard evaluation laboratory, our development laboratories are equipped to handle potent products at 10 & 20L and our manufacturing facilities have high containment capabilities for offloading potent APIs.

We are also an upper tier COMAH site and have an on-site integrated waste treatment plant.

Hazard evaluation capabilities:

  • Differential Scanning Calorimeters (DSC)
  • Two Accelerating Rate Calorimeters (ARC), including vent sizing capabilities
  • Two Mettler RC1s including one with low temperature capabilities (around -70°C)
  • Thermal mass flow meters to measure gas evolution from reaction systems
  • A micro calorimeter for small scale evaluations
  • Minimum ignition energy apparatus for assessment of dust explosion potential
  • 20L sphere apparatus for measurement of explosion severity
  • Volume resistivity to measure the tendency of powders to dissipate any accumulated charge
  • Charge decay time apparatus for measurement of time required for applied charge to dissipate from the surface of a solid
  • Reaction modelling software used to describe kinetics and thermodynamics of reaction systems and predict behaviour at plant scale